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Foolproof, and Other Mathematical Meditations (MIT Press) Hardcover – September 22, 2017
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Each of these essays brings unexpected twists of perception and presentation; what a fine imagination Hayes has! I enjoyed the book enormously.(Nick Trefethen FRS, Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford; creator of Chebfun; author of Trefethen's Index Cards)
Brian Hayes takes us with him as he roams far and wide across the mathematical landscape. Whether he's braving the borderlands of the latest research or poking around in some forgotten corner of history, his chronicles of what he finds there are consistently captivating and revelatory.(Steven Strogatz, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell University; author of The Joy of x)
With a journalist's instinct for story, a mathematician's concern for accuracy, and a storyteller's sense of narrative, Brian Hayes lets the general reader in on a secret mathematicians already know: math is fun! His vignettes are like the snapshots of a returned traveler, showing us exotic lands and the marvelous creatures that live there. Foolproof shows that the mathematical enterprise is one of high adventure.(James Propp, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell)
About the Author
Brian Hayes is Senior Contributing Writer at American Scientist. His writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Sciences, Wired, the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and other publications.
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He writes very well and has chosen many topics
From columns written some years ago, But completely brought up to date. The chapters are
not page turners!
So there is a real reason to buy Foolproof...
And the following essays are even more absorbing and take equally unexpected, but beautiful turns. Lovely, fun. Each essay is a self-contained little adventure, but I gobbled them up several at a time. Candy!
Also, as a bonus, my hardcover edition has a perfect illustration on the cover, simple but full of meaning and stark beauty. A fitting match for this work of art.